Elliott Johnson in happier times: Mark Clarke at rear
However, when Walters told “The Minister’s lover was warned that a Tory ally of [Mark] Clarke, Sam Armstrong, planned to film the couple leaving the East India Club in the heart of London’s clubland so that Clarke could ‘blackmail’ the Minister to gain political favours”, the process of deduction was straightforward. There is only one cabinet minister who is also a member of the East India Club, and that minister is Rob Halfon.
Rob Halfon: universally popular and respected
What the Tel is not telling its readers is the name of the young woman involved, and that is significant: Clarke may have believed he could exert leverage upon her, given her ascent to the top of Tory youth organisation Conservative Future (CF) depended to no small extent upon Clarke’s highly questionably methods. My information is that the name in the frame is Alexandra Paterson, chairman of CF.
Alexandra Paterson: a pawn in Clarke's dirty game
The reasoning was straightforward: he could reason that he had made her, and so by the same token, he could just as easily break her. Did she want to retain her place on the greasy pole or slide back down it into oblivion? But it didn’t work: Ms Paterson, who it is believed was herself subjected to blackmail threats by Clarke, after it is alleged he videoed her using a controlled substance, would not play ball.